Strawberry, Blueberry and Lime Preserves

Berry picking is much like one of the greatest moments in the Shakespeare meets modern American teenager movie, ’10 things I hate about you.’ No, really. Stay with me. I used to love strawberry picking. Crouching in the straw-covered dirt, the wide brimmed hat on my head casting a huge shadow. Searching between the drooping…

Blueberry Apricot Preserves

Every summer I develop blueberry fever for a short period of time. Last year it was Blueberry Thyme Shrub and Blueberry Peach Preserves (helped out with some deeply buried peach puree from my freezer). Along with these there always are blueberries made into quick compotes to top pancakes, muddled into cocktails (whiskey and gin are good…

Summer Fruit Preserves

Five and a half pounds of handpicked fresh strawberries is a hefty amount for one person to eat, even a devoted strawberry eater such as myself. This is the danger of the ‘Pick Your Own’ farm. A trap for those unable to resist the allure of the local, organically grown, perfectly ripe, fragrant, and cheaper fruit….